World first hydrogen powered yacht prepares for Mediterranean research trip
This is another one of them green yachts. But this is the first hydrogen powered yacht with a fully integrated laboratory to study pollution in the Mediterranean. The Zero CO2 project can sail using a clean carbon-free auxiliary motor. A scientific platform installed on the yacht by the University Joseph Fourier (UJF) and its technology transfer subsidiary, Floralis, will be used to collect scientific data on man-made pollution throughout the length of the 10 month trip. The yacht will travel around the Mediterranean coast as far as Turkey on a journey that will commence in March, 2010.
The project’s main aim is to develop and promote new energy sources that will replace fossil fuels and consequently lead to a reduction in carbon emissions and an improvement with regards to the greenhouse effect. They will also try to carry out research into the possibility of producing “green hydrogen” produced through the installation of solar panels and wind turbines on the roofs of port-side buildings. The yacht will be presented for the first time at the Paris Boat Show in December 2009.